Title: The Fifth Column
Author: Ernest Hemingway
Page Count/Review Word Count: 96
The Fifth Column is Ernest Hemingway’s only full-length play, written whilst his hotel was under constant bombardment from artillery shells during the Spanish Civil War. I read it in one day with a hangover and so not much of it actually sank in – my main memory of it is of the repetitiveness of the artillery fire, and the competence of his writing. That’s it, competent – maybe it’d be better if I saw a performance instead.